Cradle of Solitude review · 107


  • Paperback
  • 320
  • Cradle of Solitude
  • Alex Archer
  • English
  • 13 January 2019
  • 9780373621521

10 thoughts on “Cradle of Solitude

  1. says:

    This was the first Alex Archer book I read and I liked it though I found the number of people who get killed a bit unnerving There are now than 40 books in this series all featuring Aanya as the protangonist who has inherited the sword of Joan of Arc The sword has some sort of magical or mystical properties because Aanya keeps it in a nether world and simply mentally summons it and it appears in her hand I read somewhere that if you read the series in seuence you gradually learn details about Aanya's life I haven't done that but now that I have read 4 or 5 of these I can say that not all of them are eually good Alex Archer is a nom de plume for a collection of about 5 authors who all write for this series under that pen name You can tell the stylistic differences between the different writers and some I like better than others I am not planning to read all of the books in the series though I might read #1 since I would like to learn how Aanya comes into possession of the sword


  2. says:

    My fifth Rogue Angel so glad they dont have to be read in order Got my dad hooked with the tie in to American history


  3. says:

    3 starsYay Garin is back and this time he and Annja are after a long lost Confederate treasure and of course the bad guys are after it as well We get to learn some of the history of the Civil War especially the days towards the end view spoilerI don't uite understand why Garin didn't have his people with him Getting captured and being used as a hostage against Annja is a bit of a stretch I think hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Fantastic I love this woman and her conspirators There's nothing they can't achieve together


  5. says:

    Thirty third in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series about a sword wielding archeologist who rights the wrongs This installment starts in Paris and includes Garin BradenMy TakeIt's the usual for Annja Creed violence and mayhem but with an extra dose of brutality and viciousness from the major bad guy We do discover how Braden has been keeping such excellent track of Annja it's both a blessing and a curseThere's always a bit of tension with Garin as you never know if he'll try to kill Annja or help her In the meantime there are cryptic clues to solve and a bad guy to eludeThis particular installment was rather irritating in its ending Too unfinished I'm hoping there might be some clues as to whether or not anything was found in the next story in the series LabyrinthThe StoryA Confederate captain's skeleton is found in a Parisian catacomb and Annja teams up with the good and the sometimes good to discover the mystery behind his death It doesn't take long before another interested party blasts their way into the case and Annja is on the run Nor is it just her life that is threatenedThe FotS is after Annja and the professor and they are a long time foe of Garin's Blaine Michaels leads them and he's a vicious bastard He kills without thought but Annja thwarts him naturallyThe CharactersAnnja Creed is both an archeologist and a television show host Chasing History's Monsters who just happened to bring together the shards of Joan of Arc's sword It seems Annja may well be an ancestor of Joan's and the sword believes it belongs to her It certainly does influence Annja in terms of going after the bad guys providing Annja with strength and definitely with faster healing Doug Morrell is Annja's producer on the TV show and interested in sensationalism than fact Professor Bernard Reinhardt is an old friend of Annja's and works at the Museum of Natural History in ParisGarin Braden was a suire to the knight in charge of protecting Jeanne d'Arc When Joan was burned at the stake and her sword broken a metaphysical event prevented Garin and Roux from dying Essentially they are both immortal Both have put the ensuing centuries to good use building up their fortunes Now Garin takes an interest in Annja's adventures but Annja is never sure if he'll help or hurt for Garin is much too intent upon gaining the sword for himself Matthew Griggs is a senior operative with Dragontech Security who works for GarinCommissaire Laroche of the Police Nationale brings Annja onto the case with Billy Garrison's recommendation Abbot Deschanel is in charge of the Berceau de Solitude a Benedictine monastery in the mountains in France Where the first clue is locatedCaptain William Parker was in charge of rescuing the Confederacy's treasury when Sherman was about to enter Richmond during the Civil War Catherine Daley is the real estate agent showing the Chennault plantation Jimmy Mitchell rents out his boat for their diving expedition in the Savannah RiverBlaine Michaels is a vicious brutal sociopath and the current head of the Friends of the South FotS and interested to an excessive degree in protecting its secrets The CoverThe cover is a collage of the buildings and objects that Annja encounters Annja is wearing her usual long pants boots and a tank top as she holds her sword upright in her right hand and plays a flashlight towards us in her left Hey it's dark in the catacombsThe Cradle of Solitude is a monastery up in the French mountains but plays a very small part in the story


  6. says:

    Genre Science Fiction FantasyRating 35ReviewCradle of Solitude finds our heroine Annya Creed on a lost treasure hunt While in Paris on what seems to be yet another vacation Annya is asked by the local police to consult in an urgent matter The locals it seems have found the skeletal remains of a Confederate States of America CSA Captain by the name of William Parker Parker somehow ended up dead in an underground catacomb under the streets of Paris and the police want to know how As the flashback indicates Capt Parker was tasked by President Jefferson Davis in the year 1865 to find a hiding place for the Souths treasure of 700000 so it didn't fall into the North's hands The North by this time had pretty much won the war and was moving uickly to surround Richmond Virginia How Parker ended up in Paris is part of the mystery and conspiracy that leads Annya from France to Georgia to Antietam and Gettysburg Annya is not alone in her determination to find the missing treasure There is an infamous organization called Order of the Golden Phoenix lead by Blaine Michaels that will do anything to keep the treasure a secret and ensure that nobody knows what really happened to Captain Parker That means eliminating anyone who comes in contact with it's knowledge and secretsAnnya once again finds herself deep in mystery suspense and bloodshed as those she meets along the way fall by the wayside due to Michaels brutality Her one companion in this search just happens to be someone that Annya doesn't uite trust; Garin Braden Garin always seems to find a way to beat Annya to the treasure and this time is no different Garin also reveals a secret that Annya has been wondering about for years; How in the hell does he know where I am all the time?I can't believe I've read 30 plus books in this series and I'm STILL not caught up with the series This book was interesting and fun than previous installments I have been a history buff since a very small age and when it comes to the Civil War I'm an addict pure and simple It's not because I liked the war or the devastation it caused It's because it shows that this country has come a very long way since it's founding and we still have problems to deal withI like the fact that this particular author didn't try to sugar coat the war between the states I like the fact that this author also uses historical characters like President Jefferson Davis of the CSA and many of this officers in order to tell the taleI liked the revelation that the Order or Friends of the South was actually planning on betraying the South and making it one of their colonies in order to have easy access to cotton If you allow your imagination to roam freely you can really see that point of view happening The only surprise is the fact that to my knowledge neither England nor France tried to invade the US during this brutal war in an effort to take back their colonies or territoriesI read this series because it's a cross between National Treasure and Indiana Jones The series is about a character is given the opportunity by fate to be a change for good instead of evil Annya still has issues and is still not sure of who to trust including Gavin Braden who once again appears in the story only to steal the spotlight away from AnnyaI read this series hoping that Annya will finally come to the realization that she can't go running around the world any longer hoping that she won't be recognized as the holder of Joan of Arc's legendary sword How can she? She's front and center of Chasing History's Monsters and she gets in trouble each and every time she tries to dig up the truth behind missing secretsNext in the series Labyrinth Rogue Angel #34


  7. says:

    The Cradle of Solitude is basically a heist novel The body of a Confederate soldier who was involved in smuggling the CSA treasury to safety is found in the catacombs under Paris Anja who is in town gets pulled in to examine the body and ends up an the hunt to find the treasure before a secret organization that was behind the long dead Captain's death can get to itAll in all I had a lot of fun with this book I just had one minor uibble One assumes that the Captain died not long after the Civil War although a man pretending to be him died at the age of 70 One of the clues left by the Captain to lead his friend to the treasure left before he died says to dig up a chest buried in his doppleganger's grave with a clue to where that grave would be How he managed to arrange that the chest would be buried in the grave and where the grave would be when presumably the other man died years if not decades after him isn't stated As well what if the person the clues were addressed to got them before the doppleganger even died? It was the books 'Rosebud' moment in Citizen Kane the man dies alone in a room so how does anyone know what his last word the driving point of the movie is?I also had to wonder just how Anja got out of trouble with the cops after the events of the book and by this point she should be flagged by every country she has entered considering how often she ends up in trouble that involves dead bodiesStill a fun summer read


  8. says:

    I stumbled across this book while looking for an ebook to check out from the library and it was billed as sort of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft adventure It sounded fun After reading it I would say it is a National Treasure Extra Light There is only one riddle in the book to solve although the protagonist draws it out by breaking in down into sections and I feel certain Indiana Jones would have solved it in just under an hour especially with the use of the Internet I also found this book to be extremely violent I suppose the Indiana Jones movies are violent too but the descriptions of the incredibly freuent fights here go on for pages I mostly skipped them; I didn't need a play by play especially as I knew our protagonist would survive I didn't hate this book; it was light easy fast and mindless and occasionally one needs just such book like when flying for example However I didn't find it mentally stimulating at all so I probably won't read another


  9. says:

    Cradle of Solitude is fun light adventure fare It has a great deal in common with pulp adventure and the parallels to Lara Croft are obvious There is an element of fantasy Annja has a magic sword but in this book its importance is limited and everything else about the story is straight up contemporary adventure think National Treasure with a body count I'd probably enjoy the series without the fantasy element but it's so minor that it didn't ruin the story for me This isn't the sort of book that will ever win critical acclaim but if a light adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones National Treasure Tomb Raider and Doc Savage is what you're looking for you'll find Cradle of Solitude an amusing diversion The one negative is the ending which feels unfinished I won't spoil it but it's almost as if the editor told the author We need to cut 5000 words off this book Let's chop out the last two chapters and end it with a uick wrap up Otherwise a fun book


  10. says:

    OK but only OK This series is written by several authors using the Archer name as with Franklin W Dixon and Carolyn Keene This was fairly exciting but it repeated some of the previous books an alligator in stead of a shark but the same action and had a deus ex machina ending


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Cradle of Solitude

Alex Archer ☆ 7 Summary

Er were discovered This was no ordinary soldier but the keeper of a treasure that could have affected the outcome of the. Thirty third in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series about a sword wielding archeologist who rights the wrongs This installment starts in Paris and includes Garin BradenMy TakeIt's the usual for Annja Creed violence and mayhem but with an extra dose of brutality and viciousness from the major bad guy We do discover how Braden has been keeping such excellent track of Annja it's both a blessing and a curseThere's always a bit of tension with Garin as you never know if he'll try to kill Annja or help her In the meantime there are cryptic clues to solve and a bad guy to eludeThis particular installment was rather irritating in its ending Too unfinished I'm hoping there might be some clues as to whether or not anything was found in the next story in the series LabyrinthThe StoryA Confederate captain's skeleton is found in a Parisian catacomb and Annja teams up with the good and the sometimes good to discover the mystery behind his death It doesn't take long before another interested party blasts their way into the case and Annja is on the run Nor is it just her life that is threatenedThe FotS is after Annja and the professor and they are a long time foe of Garin's Blaine Michaels leads them and he's a vicious bastard He kills without thought but Annja thwarts him naturallyThe CharactersAnnja Creed is both an archeologist and a television show host Chasing History's Monsters who just happened to bring together the shards of Joan of Arc's sword It seems Annja may well be an ancestor of Joan's and the sword believes it belongs to her It certainly does influence Annja in terms of going after the bad guys providing Annja with strength and definitely with faster healing Doug Morrell is Annja's producer on the TV show and interested in sensationalism than fact Professor Bernard Reinhardt is an old friend of Annja's and works at the Museum of Natural History in ParisGarin Braden was a suire to the knight in charge of protecting Jeanne d'Arc When Joan was burned at the stake and her sword broken a metaphysical event prevented Garin and Roux from dying Essentially they are both immortal Both have put the ensuing centuries to good use building up their fortunes Now Garin takes an interest in Annja's adventures but Annja is never sure if he'll help or hurt for Garin is much too intent upon gaining the sword for himself Matthew Griggs is a senior operative with Dragontech Security who works for GarinCommissaire Laroche of the Police Nationale brings Annja onto the case with Billy Garrison's recommendation Abbot Deschanel is in charge of the Berceau de Solitude a Benedictine monastery in the mountains in France Where the first clue is locatedCaptain William Parker was in charge of rescuing the Confederacy's treasury when Sherman was about to enter Richmond during the Civil War Catherine Daley is the real estate agent showing the Chennault plantation Jimmy Mitchell rents out his boat for their diving expedition in the Savannah RiverBlaine Michaels is a vicious brutal sociopath and the current head of the Friends of the South FotS and interested to an excessive degree in protecting its secrets The CoverThe cover is a collage of the buildings and objects that Annja encounters Annja is wearing her usual long pants boots and a tank top as she holds her sword upright in her right hand and plays a flashlight towards us in her left Hey it's dark in the catacombsThe Cradle of Solitude is a monastery up in the French mountains but plays a very small part in the story

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War Annja is unraveling a 150 year old mystery and a trail of clues to the treasure but she's not the only one Original. The Cradle of Solitude is basically a heist novel The body of a Confederate soldier who was involved in smuggling the CSA treasury to safety is found in the catacombs under Paris Anja who is in town gets pulled in to examine the body and ends up an the hunt to find the treasure before a secret organization that was behind the long dead Captain's death can get to itAll in all I had a lot of fun with this book I just had one minor uibble One assumes that the Captain died not long after the Civil War although a man pretending to be him died at the age of 70 One of the clues left by the Captain to lead his friend to the treasure left before he died says to dig up a chest buried in his doppleganger's grave with a clue to where that grave would be How he managed to arrange that the chest would be buried in the grave and where the grave would be when presumably the other man died years if not decades after him isn't stated As well what if the person the clues were addressed to got them before the doppleganger even died It was the books 'Rosebud' moment in Citizen Kane the man dies alone in a room so how does anyone know what his last word the driving point of the movie isI also had to wonder just how Anja got out of trouble with the cops after the events of the book and by this point she should be flagged by every country she has entered considering how often she ends up in trouble that involves dead bodiesStill a fun summer read

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It was dumb luck that archaeologist Annja Creed happened to be in Paris when the skeletal remains of a Confederate soldi. My fifth Rogue Angel so glad they dont have to be read in order Got my dad hooked with the tie in to American history


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Mel Odom New writers joining the series starting with book nine include Jon Merz and Joseph Nassise